Rested. Renewed. Reminded.
These are just some of the words that best describe our experience on the 3-day HLURB regional get together and Gender and Development training.
The Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), in celebration of its 38TH years conducted its annual get together and GAD training last May 21-23, 2014 at the Bohol Divers, Panglao, Bohol. Three (3) regional offices buoyantly participated on the said event; Southern Mindanao Region (SMR), Northern Mindanao Region (NMR) and Central Visayas Region (CVR).
The team visited some of Bohol’s famous tourist attractions such as; Baclayon church, which is one of Philippines National Cultural Treasure; the country’s third National Geological Monument-Chocolate Hills; and the home of the world’s smallest primate, Loboc’s Tarsier Conservation area.
Bohol experience had been more memorable as we experienced Loboc’s famous floating restaurant where varieties of sumptuous seafood delicacies were served and shared by the delegates. And while eating the delectable foods, local artists serenade the team as well as local children who showcased their dance talent through our very own cultural dances.
Prior to the tour the team headed by CVR Director Alixes Roy T. Lopez proceeded to Dao Diamond Hotel to personally send greetings to Gov. Edgardo Chatto of the province of Bohol. The governor was on a rehabilitation meeting then yet gladly welcomed us and wished us blissful experience on the island.
The team also had a social night where all three regions showcase different presentations. SMR in their Muslim dance with a modern twist, NMR in their very own “regional office id” and CVR in their Hawaiian dance, but unlike the ordinary style where women in grass skirts dance the region had it men which hailed them champion.
On top of the fun and leisure, the participants from all regions had been educated by the importance of Gender and Development. GAD Consultant Esther Estrella, gave input on the said topic emphasizing on gender sensitivity and gender equality among men and women.
She also cited R.A. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women to emphasize women rights. Through the activity, all regions were able to identify issues concerning gender, realizing that even to our very own clients gender bias exists.
RD Lopez and CVR CAO Linella Cuevas were designated to consolidate the issues identified during the training and to give feedback to the Philippine Commission on Women as well as to Central Office on July 31, 2014.
Commissioner Luis A. Paredes was also present on the event and welcomed the participants.
In general the activity was both fun and eye-opening giving those who had been there countless times a refreshing experience and for first timers a warm and unforgettable welcome.